Jack Spicer lectures on poetry and politics at the Berkeley Poetry Conference at the University of California, Berkeley on July 4, 1965. Spicer discusses the exploitation of young poets, the efficacy of political poetry, and ruminates on both Vietnam and the Free Speech Movement, followed by questions from the audience. Spicer is introduced by Thomas Parkinson.
A complete transcript of this talk is available in Peter Gizzi, ed., The house that Jack built: the collected lectures of Jack Spicer (Middleton, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1998, 149-172) and a partial transcription is also available at the Poetry Foundation website (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/learning/essay/238144).Contains sensitive language. Tape cuts out from 00:18:58-00:19:49, audio distorted at 00:35:26.